Development approval is required for the demolition of all buildings and structures where Council’s approval would have been required to erect the structure.
Generally, there are few planning issues associated with proposed demolitions, however, the following exceptions do apply and advice should be sought from Council staff on 8397 7444 before commencing any demolition when:
- The demolition involves the removal, pruning or root damage of a ‘significant tree’ (often it is necessary to establish an exclusion zone around the tree to protect it from any tree-damaging activity)
- The building is listed as a State or local heritage place
- Encumbrances, land management agreements or other covenants are registered on the Certificate of Title and prevent the removal or alteration of the building.
- Prevention of damage to buildings and fences on adjoining properties
- Suppression of dust arising from the demolition process
- Disconnection of services with the consent of the appropriate authorities
- Ensuring a fire extinguisher is on site during demolition work
- Protection of surrounding streets
- Need for any underground excavations
- Placement of warning signs
- Protection of pedestrians, council infrastructure, and road reserves (including crossovers and footpaths)
- Ensuring the removal of all garbage and waste material
- Shoring, propping and securing of demolition work while the site is unattended
- Impact of demolition on party and/or common walls
- Management of hazardous material, including asbestos.